Philosophy of Ministry
Redemption City Church exists to connect the gospel to people, people to community, and community to the mission of Jesus.
Redemption City Church is a part of a redemption movement in the heart of the city that transforms lives, forms community, renews the city, and impacts the world through church planting.
Gospel - The Greek word for “gospel” (evangelion) means good news. The clearest summary of this gospel or good news is found in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 “Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you--unless you believed in vain. 3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.” In just a few short lines Paul takes us to the very heart of the gospel in the death & resurrection of Jesus. Paul reminds us that the gospel is of “first importance”. It is the foundation for our salvation. It is the means of our forgiveness. It is the ground for our justification (“in which you stand”) and the source for our sanctification (“by which you are being saved”). In other words, Jesus’ death & resurrection secures our standing before God as righteous, and also the power for transformation in our lives. Paul says it this way Romans 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.” The gospel ultimately brings us to God. 1 Peter 3:18 “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God.” John Piper summarizes it this way, “God is the final and highest good that makes the good news good.”
Community - We were created in the image of a communal God for community. The doctrine of the trinity explains why we need and enjoy deep, authentic, and loving relationships. Jesus prayed that “they (the church) may be one, even as we (the Trinity) are one” (John 17:11b). We are invited into a loving and joy filled community modeled after the Trinity (John 17:20-23).The New Testament also uses the language of “one-anothering”. We are called to: “welcome one another”, “offer hospitality to one another”, “love one another”, “pray for one another”, “serve one another”, “bear with each other and forgive each other”, and “be compassionate and humble with one another” just to name a few. We cannot obey the “one-anothering” commands of Scripture without intentionally engaging in community. The New Testament also prioritizes life-on-life discipleship. This was Jesus method: he spent three years with twelve ordinary men teaching them what it looked like to follow him in all of life. They got front row seats to his teaching, healing, and miracles, but also saw what ministry & mission looked like in the mundane and everyday aspects of life. The apostle Paul took the same approach. 1 Thessalonians 2:8 “So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to u”. We see life-on-life discipleship as an integral part of a healthy church.
Mission -Jesus himself established the mission of the church in his ‘Great Commission’ in Matthew 28:19-20: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you”. We are called to make disciples of Jesus wherever we go. We are called to baptize them as members of the local church. And we are called to teach them what it looks like to follow Jesus in the everyday stuff of life. Our approach is incarnational. We follow Jesus who left his home in heaven to take on “flesh & blood and move into the neighborhood” (John 1:14). We leave the comforts of the familiar to engage, understand, and communicate the gospel in culturally sensitive, appropriate, and winsome ways. We stress a holistic approach to our gospel witness. James reminds us, “What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, be warmed and filled,’ without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? 17 So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” (James 2:14-17). We want to boldly proclaim the gospel, without neglecting the practical needs of the poor, the orphan, the widow, and the refugee in our urban context.
Gathering: Every Sunday Redemption City gathers together from across the city to be reminded of all the God is for us through Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit so that we can be sent back out into our city on the mission of Jesus.
Communities: Throughout the week we meet in smaller groups in different neighborhoods throughout the city to enjoy a meal together and share how the gospel, community, and mission are intersecting with our everyday lives.
DNA Groups: Within each community there are opportunities for guys or girls to meet in more intimate groups focused on Discovering more about God in His word, Nurturing those truths deeper into each others lives, and Acting on the truths of the gospel in our everyday lives.